Shapeways, a leading manufacturer of 3D printed goods, announced the release of two new materials, PA12 Glass Beads and TPU, a Thermoplastic Polyurethane. Adding to the maker materials offered at Shapeways, PA12GB and TPU are available for purchase for personal 3D models.
PA12 Glass Beads are part of the Multi-Jet Fusion Plastic family. The glass filled nylon will be printed with HP MJF technology and delivers high stiffness and high structural integrity. Previously, large and flat items were problematic as they warp or distort during the cooling/printing process. PA12GB eliminates those concerns as it is 40% glass. PA12GB’s resilience and strength make it suitable for medical, robotic and drone applications, particularly those involving flat parts, fixtures and tooling. PA12GB will be available in two finishes, gray and dark gray.
TPU is durable and highly flexible. The Thermoplastic Polyurethane brings an improved elastoplastic to the industry. Its elasticity and natural resistance to everyday wear and tear make it suitable for the automotive and medical industry. Its endurance also suits tubing, hoses and seals, designs that typically use other elastoplastics. TPU is versatile, also being used to create insoles, midsoles, helmets and even robotic applications.